TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a new tripod xtra. Laine Kaplan-Levenson sat down with John Barbry of the Tunica Biloxi nation, to discuss the history of the tribe and its contributions to New Orleans and Louisiana. The Tunica Biloxi land is in Marksville, Louisiana, about three hours outside New Orleans. The conversation begins when the Tunica Biloxi made contact Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto.
John D. Barbry is the director of development & programming, Language & Culture Revitalization Program for the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. He is one of the authors of the new book from the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana: The Tunica Biloxi Tribe: Its Culture and People. Barbry spoke at the Historic New Orleans Collection last month, as part of programming for their exhibition, “New Orleans, the Founding Era.” The exhibition is on view through May 27, 2018, at 533 Royal Street.